The Nigerian music industry is not set up for people to be generous. But Sess is and he is a hero.
Sess dropped a free instrumental mixtape today.
The tape titled “PRBLM” contains 6 free beats designed for upcoming producers and artistes to use. Each beat is named after one of the elements of life, and they are hosted on his Soundcloud page.
These aren’t cheap loose products that Sess didn’t want. Listening to each of them, they are actually fire tapes which required hours of creation to finish. They can be crafted, chopped, reversed and fused with other elements and vocals to provide the right hit song.
“Upcoming artists need material to work on,” Sess told OkayAfrica. “So the idea is to give them something to vibe to, an opportunity to create and I felt like this is the right time to bring it out, especially for those who can’t pay for it.
I’m saying, “this is a Sess beat, go HAM on it.” We’re all going to be rich so this is not about money.
How altruistic. Sess is popular for his work with Falz. The 28-year old producer has produced music for a decade, and just began to fully come into his own with his prolific partnership with Falz, which has become one of the most celebrated collaborative agreements between artistes.
Due to his work, he is highly rated in the industry, and stands out as one of the top producers in the game who command great rates and fees. That’s why this move is a surprise.
These beats, which have been made free for all could have fetched him good money if he pushed them to young artistes looking to get a job from him. But with this, he does good to potentially thousands of artistes and producers who dream of working with him.
The Nigerian music industry is not set up like this. There is generally no free lunch in the music space, with every player chasing the next cash, the next money transfer and constantly seeking to generate financial value for everything they create. This culture has slowly equated the success of any art to the amount of money it brings into the coffers. According to many artistes, great art brings great money.
That mentality is wrong. Art generates value, but the true use is for expression and connection. That’s what is about, free and devoid of subjective reasoning. Sess, who is a creator understands this, and also knows that it could also be a tool to help others. That’s why he didn’t add his ‘Sess the problem kid’ tag on the beats.
“I cannot give away my tag. It’ll cost too much. At the same time I don’t want to put a tag that will influence who ever wants to use it on how to approach a song. It’s a plain canvas, artists can go out there and do whatever they want to do with it.” He said.
Sess is a hero, and this move, which shines bright in this sea of commercialisation, stands out as one of those few moments when art becomes more than just the bank alerts.